Warrant Issued For HS Teacher Wanted On Felony Drug Charges
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police have issued a warrant for a local teacher who is wanted on felony drug charges.
In the meantime, the district superintendent has already taken action.
For 11 years, Scott Houck has taught at Thomas Jefferson High School. He was highly regarded and taught tech classes.
However, the 41-year-old is accused of growing and selling marijuana out of his South Park home.
“It’s very disappointing to think that we have a teacher that might be involved in such type of activities,” said West Jefferson Hill Superintendent Michael Panza.
Officials started investigating Hope last summer. His front door shows marks, where it appears a DEA agent may have kicked in the door when they visited his house last Friday.
“Anytime teachers are involved in any type of activities such as this, it’s … very, very disappointing,” Panza said. “Teachers are supposed to be role models for children and we are very sorry to hear that this has happened.”
The school district says they checked all computers at the school, as well as the campus, and found no evidence of any drugs or drug transactions on or around school property.
“We have no indication, we have looked at the computers, we’ve looked throughout his room, we have no relationship between what the ward states and any activities here in this school district,” Panza said.
Officials say Houck has been out of town on some type of leave, but is expected back by Wednesday.
South Park Township Police and State Police say they are still investigating and hope to have him in custody.